Welcome to Three on a Thursday #9, pull up a chair, sit down, you may be here for a while …
Right – onto the tunes!
First one up is a little bit of a curveball given the usual content of the Three on Thursday posts, but those of you who know me, or have heard some of my Saturday Soul shows on Purple Radio will know I’ve got a little bit of a soft spot for a straight up and down Funk belter, and Frank William’s Rocketeers / You’ve Got To Be A Man is a fine example of the style. Wailing horns, and a big funk bassline topped with a properly soulful vocal from Little Beaver, who ended up launching a successful career not long after this tune was released
Hat-tip to the excellent Derek’s Daily 45 blog for this one – if you don’t subscribe to this, you should, as you’re truly missing out on some gems which are regularly turned up by Derek’s awesome crate digging skills.
I’ve played a few tracks by Ambassadeurs out over the last few months, and have even featured one of his mash-ups in a previous Three on a Thursday, so I was quite excited when I discovered this wobbly little monster on his soundcloud page. There’s a big Flying Lotus ‘squelch’ influence on FlyByNight, but it’s tempered by a shimmering high line, and something of the “Luke Vibert” about some of the samples used.
Due out on his as yet unnamed debut E.P. in the not too distant future according to his page, I await this one with bated breath
Finally a slighty older one from man who bought instrumental/tripped out hip-hop to the masses, DJ Shadow.
I missed this one when it was released last year, but picked up on it thanks to the rather awesome DJ Ali B podcasts I’ve been ploughing my way through for the last few weeks. It came out last year released last year as the flip to the thoroughly dark, spacey, glitchy, bass driven track entitled ‘Def Surrounds Us’ and it couldn’t be more of a contrast.
Take one very mellow, slightly phased guitar line complete with BJ Cole style slide, add a touch of military sidedrum, a soupçon of synth bass and a snippet of a soul vocal and you’ve got the lush ‘I’ve Been Trying’.
I can just imagine listening to this sitting on a beach somewhere, cold beer in hand, watching the sun go down …